Security Studies Industry Advisory Board

Peter Andres
Vice President Corporate Security, Lufthansa Group
Peter Andres, born in Gladbeck (Germany) in 1961, has been Vice President Corporate Security at Lufthansa Group since 2005. Overseeing all Lufthansa Group Security activities, he is as such responsible for liaising with security authorities and providing expert advice on aviation security legislation and its implementation. Among his tasks, he is responsible for risk analysis and prevention against terrorist threat, protecting especially Lufthansa´s extensive international flight operations. Business Security as fraud prevention and investigation of white collar crime are also essential elements of his portfolio of responsibilities.

Peter Andres joined Lufthansa in 1981 and holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Frankfurt University. Between 1994 and 2004, Peter Andres held several Senior Management positions within Lufthansa Airline Flight Operations and Ground Services.

Peter Andres is currently serving as Chairman of IATA´s Security Executive Group (SEG) and of Association of European Airlines (AEA) Security Group. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Civil Security Research at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. He has been teaching Aviation Security at Bremen University of Applied Science since 2009.

Timothy P. Donovan, J.D.
Special Agent Donovan serves as the Section Chief for Human Resources in Washington DC. Special Agent Donovan has taught at the FBI Academy, as well as internationally in Asia and Europe. He has been featured in a National Geographic documentary for his investigation of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. He was among the recipients of the Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Investigations in 2009.

Circuit Judge C. Philip Nichols Jr.
Captain, JAG Corps, U.S. Navy  
Judge Nichols serves as Associate Judge, Prince George’s County, MD Circuit Court, 7th Judicial Circuit. In his military role, Judge Nichols is a retired Navy Captain, with more than 30 years of service in the Judge Adjutant General Corps. He was a key member of the National Defense University’s seminar leader staff in support of the National Defense University's Reserve Components National Security Course and has been active in Maryland judicial and legislative affairs for many years.

Rodney Doyle Raines III
Director, Surface Division, Office of Security Policy and Stakeholder Engagement (OSPIE), Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
As the Surface Division Director, Raines established the nation’s surface mass transit, passenger rail, freight rail, highway, motor coach, and pipeline security policy. Raines leads the TSA outreach to the broader surface transportation stakeholder community and is responsible for raising the nationwide surface security baseline, supporting operational deterrence programs and increasing the resilience of surface security infrastructure. Prior to his selection as the Surface Division Director, he served as the General Manager for Mass Transit and Passenger Rail.

Stephen Sloan, Ph.D.
University of Central Florida
Sloan is the Lawrence J. Castang Distinguished Professor of Terrorism for the Center for Global Perspectives at the University of Central Florida. Prior to coming to Florida, Dr. Sloan taught for more than 30 years at the University of Oklahoma, where he became one of the country’s leading authorities and helped create the academic discipline of terrorism studies. Dr. Sloan is the author of numerous books, articles, and papers on the subject of terrorism and has served as a consultant to Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading consulting firm, as well as to U.S. and international agencies and organizations.

Brad Deflin
Brad is Founder and President of Total Digital Security, formed in 2013 to bring enterprise quality cyber security technology and practices to individuals, small groups, and perimeter operating environments. 

Brad has over 25 years of executive leadership in operations, sales, audit, compliance, and supervision of rigorously regulated financial environments, including Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, Wells Fargo, and J.P. Morgan. His experience enabled him to recognize the dire need for a comprehensive and unified approach to effectively manage all elements of digital security risk; personally and professionally, at home, in the office, or on the road. 

Brad is an author and frequent speaker on the matters of online risk, cyber crime, and the emerging technology that defends and protects from what has become our No. 1 personal and professional risk today. 

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University — 1981 – B.S. Aviation Studies
  • Palm Beach County Cultural Council — Board Member
  • 211 Crisis Line Board Member and past President
  • Commercial Pilot, CFI, Instrument, Multi-Engine 
  • FINRA Series 7,8, 9, 10, 24, and 63

Dan Diessner
Senior Manager Airplane Systems Cybersecurity & Software Integration, Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA)

Dan Diessner is part of the BCA Airplane Systems Organization leading BCA Cybersecurity & Software Integration. Dan is responsible for Product Cybersecurity for BCA, including product development, airplane systems cybersecurity FAA certification, and cyber incident response and management. He also leads teams that are responsible for airborne software compliance, airborne electronic hardware compliance, the airborne software control library, electronic distribution of airborne software, and software QA for airplane systems and BCA factory automation systems. Dan also supports the aviation cybersecurity industry in a number of ways including: BCA representative to the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for cybersecurity, member representing BCA on the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industry Associations (ICCAIA) Security Committee, Leader of the Aerospace Industry Association (AIA) Civil Aviation Cybersecurity Working Group, Alternate Board Member of the Aviation Information Sharing & Analysis Center (A-ISAC), and serves on the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Industry Advisory Board for the M.S. in Cybersecurity Management & Policy (MCMP) program.

Prior to this role, Dan was the Systems Connectivity Leader for the 787 program, and also supported the 787 Chief Project Engineer to build out the 787 future Product Strategy and Roadmaps. Prior to being the 787 Connectivity Leader, Dan was the Airplane Systems Product Development & Technology Organization Leader and also served as the Strategy Integration leader for BCA Airplane Systems.

Dan started his career at The Boeing Company in 1986 as part of the BCA Avionics / Flight Systems research organization. He then joined the 777 program where he was lead engineer of various Avionics Network Systems teams throughout the development, test, build and introduction into service of the 777. Afterward, Dan spent several years leading the Cabin & Network Systems Enabling technology team, and was one of the original members of the Airplane Systems Concept Center. During this time he supported the Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) program and Boeing Executive Flight Operations as Systems Architect for the BBJ demonstrator jet (EIS 2001 & major mods in 2003). This included the integration and installation of many connectivity systems such as Connexion By Boeing, Swift 64, Class II EFBs with connectivity through both off-board links, and the 1st wireless cabin network installation on a Boeing airplane. Next Dan became the Connexion By Boeing Executive Services Program Manager, helping provide the world’s first true airborne broadband data capability.

In 2004, Dan joined the BDS Global Transport & Executive Services (GTES) organization where he held several leadership positions for the next decade including: Sr. Engineering Manager for New Airplane Concepts and Enabling Technologies and the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization System Engineering and Architecture teams; C-40B Engineering Integration Manager; and he also provided engineering leadership to exciting efforts such as the Executive Command Control and Communications (EC3) Initiative. The EC3 leadership role provided many opportunities to work strategically with various US Government and industry entities in defining the end-to-end connectivity & security requirements and architecture for the future of this critical national leadership connectivity asset. In his final role in GTES, Dan was the Global Services Group Sr. Program Manager responsible for both execution and strategic growth of the international Head of State (HOS) modification and support services business.

Before returning to BCA Airplane Systems, Dan was the CAS/GS&S Advanced Services - Fleet Services and Maintenance Mods & Upgrades Domain Leader, and was responsible for spearheading collaborative strategies and new product efforts that leveraged across BCA and BDS in the support domain. 

Dan has Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado, and a Master of Science in Physics from the University of Washington.

Dan resides on Whidbey Island in Washington, where he and his wife enjoy outdoor activities such as skiing, sea kayaking, running, going for long walks, and flying their Cessna 177 airplane whenever they get the opportunity.

Mark Mata
Mark Mata has over 20 years in business aviation with the last 11 being with Satcom Direct, Inc. where he is currently the company's Director of Training.  Mark's past includes field support and technical sales in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic for Satcom Direct and previously Rockwell Collins. Mark has provided technical support (installation and maintenance) and training to commercial, business jet, and military markets.  Mark has an extensive background in both Information Technology (IT) and satellite communications and is the creator and author of both the aeroIT and aeroCNCT certifications created by Satcom Direct. The commonly used wireless troubleshooting tool, The MATA (Mobile Access Troubleshooting Application) iOS app, is titled after Mark's last name for his contribution in creating Satcom Direct's first app.

Colonel Kimberley Ramos
Col Kimberley Ramos is the Detachment 157 Air Force Reserve Officer Training Commander for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach Campus.  She provides leadership for 10 active duty members and 250 cadets.  During her 27 year career, she has held a variety of assignments all over the world in the missile and cyber career fields. She earned master degrees in space studies, operational art and science, and strategic studies. In addition, she is a Certified Information Security Manager.

Casey W. O'Brien
Casey W. O'Brien is the Executive Director and Principal Investigator of the National CyberWatch Center, a cybersecurity education and research consortium focused on advancing cybersecurity education and strengthening the national cybersecurity workforce. 

O’Brien has more than 20 years of industry experience in information security and large-scale IT implementation and project management in challenging and cutting edge computing environments that include both the public and private sectors. 

O’Brien’s teaching and research interests include: Practice-based Education solutions to the cybersecurity workforce skills crisis that combines work practice analysis, problem-based classroom or virtual instruction, and adaptive personalized simulation using serious gaming technologies; accelerated learning programs integrating validated assessments, instruction, practice labs, and challenge scenarios to improve cybersecurity talent management in organizations; rapid deployment of customizable and adaptive curriculum that raises learner capability maturity in foundational cybersecurity concepts, principles, and practices; and formative credentialing solutions that increase the number of capable cybersecurity professionals. 

O’Brien is the Technical Editor of five textbooks: Ethical Hacking & Systems Defense, Linux Server Fundamentals, Information Security Fundamentals, Introduction to Scripting, and Networking Fundamentals

O’Brien earned a B.A. in Cognitive/Behavioral Psychology from the University of St. Thomas and an M.A. in Existential/Phenomenological Psychology from Duquesne University.

Dr. Rubén Arcos, Ph.D.
Dr. Arcos is professor of communication sciences at Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid, Spain. He also serves as Deputy Director of the Centre for Intelligence Services and Democratic Systems (established by a collaborative agreement between the Spanish National Intelligence Centre and URJC), and he is coordinating director of the Inter-University Master’s program in Intelligence Analysis. He is the founder and chapter chair of Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) for Spain, and has been inducted as distinguished member of SCIP in 2015. Recent publications include Intelligence Communication in the Digital Era: Transforming Security, Defence and Business (co-edited with Randolph H. Pherson); The Art of Intelligence: Simulations, Exercises, and Games (co-edited with William. J. Lahneman), and a chapter on the Spanish System of Intelligence in the Routledge Companion to Intelligence Studies. He has also published articles in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, Jane’s Intelligence Review, and Public Relations Review among others. Arcos is deputy editor of The International Journal of Intelligence, Security, and Public Affairs.

Dr. Linda Bishai, Ph.D.
Dr. Bishai is the director of Research, Evaluation and Learning at the Rule of Law Initiative of the American Bar Association. In addition to research on rule of law issues, she has focused on peacebuilding education and training, electoral violence prevention, countering violent extremism and security sector/community dialogue. In her previous position at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Bishai was responsible for programs on electoral violence prevention in Sudan prior to the general elections and the South Sudan referendum and co-taught the Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa course at USIP. Before USIP, Bishai was an assistant professor of political science at Towson University, teaching courses in international relations, international law, the use of force and human rights. She currently teaches international law and the use of force as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University. Her research interests include identity politics, sovereignty, security, and states of emergency. During 2003-2004, Bishai served as a Supreme Court Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center, where she worked on an introduction to international human rights law for the federal judiciary. Bishai holds a B.A. in history and literature from Harvard University, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics.

Fr. George Corrigan, OFM
Corrigan is a Franciscan Friar and Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Tampa, Florida. The Atlanta, Ga., native grew up in Orlando, Florida. In 1974, George earned a B.S. in mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and in 1981 a master’s in business administration from the University of Central Florida. Following graduation from the Naval Academy, he served aboard nuclear submarines until leaving active duty in 1982 to pursue a career in business, where he served as chief information officer for a private-sector business. He next served as a Franciscan Mission Service (FMS) lay missioner in Kenya from 1996-1999. The experience, particularly working with Franciscans, helped him discern a vocation to religious life and the priesthood. He was received into the Franciscan novitiate in 2001, took final vows as a Franciscan religious in 2006, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2007. He has served in Sacred Heart parish since 2007, and has been pastor since 2011. His encouragement and active participation in the life of FMS and years of service as a member of the FMS Board of Directors have been invaluable to the continued success and vitality of the organization. Fr. Corrigan was recognized by FMS in 2010 with the Joe Nangle, OFM Lifelong Mission Award.

Dr. Julian Richards, Ph.D.
Dr. Julian Richards gained a PhD in political violence in Pakistan, at Cambridge University, in 1993. He then spent nearly 20 years working in intelligence and security for the British Government, returning to academic life in 2006. In 2008, he jointly founded the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham. His affiliations include Advisory Board member of the European Observatoire des Think-Tanks; Associate of the Pakistan Security Research Unit (PSRU) at the University of Durham; Co-Section Chair of the Intelligence Studies Section of the International Studies Association (ISA); and editorial board member for the Spanish journal Intelligencia y seguridad. Richards is the author of three books: The Art and Science of Intelligence Analysis (Oxford University Press, 2010); A Guide to National Security: Threats, Responses and Strategies (Oxford University Press, 2012); and Cyber-War: The Anatomy of the Global Security Threat (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), in addition to numerous papers and book chapters on a range of security and intelligence issues. He has given formal evidence to Government inquiries on privacy and security issues, and is a regular media commentator on security and intelligence issues for national and international television and radio, including the BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera, LBC radio, and the Islam Channel.

Mohamed Camara
Professor Camara holds a Ph.D. in history from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He is the author of Political History of Guinea Since World War Two (Peter Lang International Publishers, 2014). Dr. Camara chaired the department of philosophy at the University of Conakry in the African nation of Guinea. He also managed the University Press of Conakry. 

While at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Professor Camara served as associate vice president for academics, speaker of the Faculty Senate, and director of the McNair Scholars Program. 

He's currently the chair of Howard University’s department of Africana Studies.

Jim Libbey
Professor James K. Libbey holds a Ph.D in history from University of Kentucky.  Winner of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Outstanding Teacher and Outstanding Service Awards. Professor Libbey is the author of numerous books including Dear Alben: Mr. Barkley of Kentucky, and Alexander P. de Seversky and the Quest for Air Power. He's the founder of the International Relations Program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach.

He's currently retired with the status of professor emeritus.

Gilliam Lindt
Professor Gillian Lindt holds a Ph.D in sociology from Columbia University, the distinction of the Bancroft Dissertation Award. Her research area was on religious sects and cults in America from the colonial period to the present. Her book, Moravians in Two Worlds: A Study of Changing Communities, was published in 1967.  

Professor Lindt chaired the Religion Department and served director of graduate studies at Columbia University. She was the first women to be appointed dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the first woman from a private university to head the prestigious Association of Graduate Schools. 

In 1980, she was the only woman on the Breslow Committee, a panel appointed by Columbia College Dean Arnold Collery to examine the question of co-education. Lindt wrote a minority dissenting opinion, expressing that Columbia should wait a few years to implement coeducation so that it could be properly implemented. In 1981, the Breslow Committee’s report was presented by Michael I. Sovern to the trustees, and Columbia College was made co-educational.  

Professor Lindt also served as a dean of faculty emerita. She retired as professor of religion in 1998. 

Matthew Ward
Upon acquiring his PhD in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh in 2010, Dr. Matthew Ward began an exciting career in global conflict studies. 

He acted as a United Nations Operations Officer at the UN Peacekeeping Center for five years before becoming the Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary General of the UN: Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator. In this role, he headed up teams fighting extremism in South Sudan and coordinated humanitarian efforts to stem the flow of refugees from the region.  

In 2015 he became the Deputy Head of the UN Operations and Crisis Center's Research and Liaison Unit, coordinating information sharing across the United Nations in regards to conflicts and crises around the globe. Most recently he has taken a position with Oxford Analytical as Senior Analyst in the East and Central Africa Branch.

Wilfred Wan
Dr. Wilfred Wan holds a Ph.D in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine. His dissertation examined the durability and evolution of the regime centered on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. 

Dr. Wan has published a variety of peer-reviewed articles and chapters in publications ranging from International Studies Review, to Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, The Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism, and The Routledge Handbook of Security Studies. 

Dr. Wan was a 2013–2014 Social Science Research Council-JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. He spent two years as a Predoctoral Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, with a joint appointment with the International Security Program and the Project on Managing the Atom, and was a 2011–2012 Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow. He is also a former Dissertation Fellow with the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. 

Dr. Wilfred Wan was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow with the Centre for Policy Research at United Nations University in Tokyo. 

Dr. Wan is currently working at the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research.

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